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LIAN LI PC-V2110A Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Beautiful but bad 09/04/2008

This review is from: LIAN LI PC-V2110A Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: I purchased this case because I liked its simple, yet elegant appearance, and it could accommodate all my components. I thought the front cover would make it quieter. I was wrong in that regard.

Cons: This was the third computer I built in the space of six months with essentially the same components. I used two to three 15k rpm serial scsi drives in a raid 0 for software, swap space, etc., combined with three SATA 7.2k drives in a raid 5. The vibration from them in this case produced an acceptable sound level. The problem is the way they are mounted. The side mount screws have rubber washers that are inadequate, and therefore transfer the vibration to the vertical metal plates that support the drive compartments. These plates are too flimsy, and vibrate themselves, which seems to be the source of the noise generation. I contemplated remanufacturing the case, but then decided to use it only occasionally for testing new software, and when I had a lot a number crunching. (All computers are used as engineering workstations, with no games.)

Other Thoughts: I know the noise is a fault of Lian-Li case for two reasons: (1) I did not have the problem with the same drive setup in an Antec P180, which was very crowded with all the drives, and a Thermaltake Armor MX, which looked somewhat geeky to me. (2) I sequentially pulled the drives but kept them connected. Sound levels progressively went down.

As an aside, the Lian-Li was the most difficult to assemble. In particular, there is a fan that is claimed to cool the graphics card. It mounts on an internal post, but you need to be a contortionist, or have a set of forceps, or have an assistant to mount it. Also, this case gives the highest temperatures for the CPU (quad Pentium at 2.8 GHz). I installed an extra 120 mm fan in three 5 1/4 in drive bays as an intake, which helped. The Armor case has two quad Zeon processors at 2.8 GHz, and its temperatures at all locations are lower.)

Bottom line: Do not buy this case!

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TRENDnet TEW-633GR Wireless Router IEEE 802.3 (10Base-T) IEEE 802.3u (100Base-TX) IEEE 802.3ab (1000Base-T) IEEE 802.11b IEEE 802.11g IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I use one of these routers in each of my residences. Setup using a browser is very easy and the built-in help is very thorough. I have implemented many of its features, and neither router has ever been the cause of a lost connection.

Cons: I suspect that it is not the router, but rather the draft-N protocol, but I have never had a 300 Mbs connection. My standard connection is 130 Mbs. I have used three different wireless adapters: PCI bus, USB, and built-in to a laptop, and have actually placed the laptop next to the router to see if signal strength is the issue. It is not.

Other Thoughts: Do not install the network magic software that is included. It might not install correctly, and actually is more confusing than just using your browser.

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X7DWA-N Extended ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 771 Intel 5400 DDR2 800
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good board but BIOS needs work 02/12/2008

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X7DWA-N Extended ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 771 Intel 5400 DDR2 800

Pros: This board has many features, all of which work the first time. I am using another manufactures serial scsi, which controls two drives and a DVD-RW, but having six usable SATA slots is great. I use three for a 3 drive RAID, one for another DVD-RW, and one for an external SATA backup.

Cons: Two problems with the Phoenix BIOS:
(1) It only shows four SATA slots in setup, and does not indicate that anything is connected in those slots. Fortunately this is irrelevant since the RAID configuration works.
(2) There is no provision for changing the set points for alarms. Specifically, the motherboard is set to trigger an alarm at 50 deg C, which I think is well below what actually would be harmful. The highest temperature I have seen is 48 deg C, which is too close for my own comfort,

As of Feb 10, there was no update to the BIOS at the Supermicro site.

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Display Name: Dr H.

Date Joined: 08/29/04

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  • First Review: 12/14/07
  • Last Review: 09/04/08
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